Bible Reading: John 20:19-23
We have seen three ways in which the Father sent Jesus. He sent Him to lay down His life for those He came to save, to live a life of obedience to His Father, and to identify with those He came to save.
Fourthly, Jesus was sent to minister under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 10:38 we read, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with great power; and He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him.”
To be “anointed” means to be enabled to do something. The Holy Spirit enabled Jesus to minister. Several prophecies in Isaiah speak about Jesus being anointed with the Holy Spirit [Isaiah 11:1-5; 42:1-4; 61:1-3]. The anointing came at His baptism – before then He performed no miraculous works of power. Jesus Himself said that the Holy Spirit had anointed Him to minister and quoted Isaiah 61:1-3 [see Luke 4:18-19]. As a result He went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed by the devil, and God was with Him. The gifts of the Holy Spirit operated through Jesus. Of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit only two are not mentioned in the record of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The Bible specifically says that Jesus cast out demons by the Spirit of God [Matthew 12:28] and taught through the Holy Spirit [Acts 1:2].
Jesus chose to minister on earth not as God [although He was God], but as a man with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Because Jesus ministered as a man full of the Holy Spirit we also can be filled with the Holy Spirit and do the things that He did [John 14:12]. We need that same anointing of the Holy Spirit if we are going to minister in the same way that Jesus ministered. Before returning to heaven Jesus said three specific things. Firstly, don’t be side tracked by unimportant issues [Acts 1:6-7]. Secondly, don’t depend upon your own ability – “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” [Acts 1:8a]. Thirdly, don’t be blinkered in your vision – not just Jerusalem, but also Judea, Samaria and the end of the earth [Acts 1:8b].
Jack Hayford writes, “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure” [John 3:34].” Jesus received the Spirit in fullness, with nothing held back, and He alone has universal authority. However, since this enduement of the Holy Spirit is given to Him whom God has sent, John 20:21 would suggest a similar unlimited resource of Holy Spirit fullness is available to obedient disciples of Jesus” [Spirit-Filled Life Bible].
If Jesus was God why did He need to be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to minister?
Why is it important for us to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
Read Acts 10:38. What were the effects in the ministry of Jesus of the anointing of the Holy Spirit? What do you expect the Holy Spirit to do through you?